By Design, New Science Curriculum

Teaching science to the 70,000 students enrolled in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s K-12 system in North America ought to be biblically faithful and academically rigorous, says Larry Blackmer, NAD vice-president for education. "A new curriculum to accomplish those important goals has been under development for the last three years, and will be ready for use in the 2012-2013 academic year."

“Our purpose with this new curriculum is to open students’ minds to the concepts and methodology of inquiry-based science,” says Blackmer, "and to do so within a perspective that is uniquely Adventist. Neither Scripture nor the Spirit of Prophecy put science and creation in opposition to each other. Correctly planned and instructed, science teaching and biblical values are complementary in pointing to a God whose creative power is on display in all that He spoke into existence.”

By Design will present science concepts within the context of the Adventist worldview, while integrating national and provincial/state science standards. Four biblical worldview concepts, in particular, will be used as a lens for conceptual development: creation (What is God’s intention?), the fall (How has God’s purpose been distorted?), redemption (How does God help us to respond?), and re-creation (How can we be restored in the image of God?). The standards will be organized in relation to these big ideas or concepts, promoting greater understanding of the content and skills.

This curriculum points to what Ellen White consistently refers to as “true science,” even as it carefully instructs about the entire range of scientific belief and worldviews, including those that deny or diminish the biblical account of origins. Equipping our students for lives of service and witness in society means teaching about views not endorsed by the church, making sure at the end of the day that students rely on a biblical worldview as the basis for their deepest values and beliefs.

“We are excited about the potential of the By Design science program," says Carol Campbell, NAD associate education director for K-12. "It is an inquiry-based program that will equip students to think conceptually about science content while engaging them in hands-on activities to explore and apply what they have learned. Students will also grow in their knowledge and appreciation of God’s creative purpose and design as they conduct investigations to seek answers to essential questions.”

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